NYC’s Largest Pride Flag To Be Unveiled At Four Freedoms Park This Week
The great-granddaughter of President Franklin Roosevelt plans to transform a sitting area within a park in New York City from a dull gray to a rainbow motif in order to demonstrate support for Pride month this year.
The Four Freedoms Park, located on Roosevelt Island in New York, includes a concrete stadium-styled sitting area that is 12-feet tall by 100-feet wide. Ordinarily a plain gray color, the park plans to paint the area like a rainbow-colored Pride flag, which will become the largest in New York City, according to event organizers, NBC News reported.
“It just seemed natural for the park to honor the LGBTQ community in this visible way,” said Four Freedoms Park Conservatory board of director member Julia Ireland.
She should know — Ireland is the great-granddaughter of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. It was the president’s “Four Freedoms” speech in January 1941, technically the eighth State of the Union address that he gave, that inspired the creation of the park, not to mention the establishment of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights in 1948.
The great-granddaughter of President Franklin D. Roosevelt plans to celebrate her family’s legacy and & the #LGBTQ community by transforming steps at Roosevelt Island’s Four Freedoms Park into “New York City’s largest LGBTQ pride flag.” https://t.co/BYJw7lIe3A #PrideMonth
— NBC Out (@NBCOUT) June 12, 2019
The Four Freedoms are: the freedom of speech/expression; the freedom of religion/faith; the freedom from want; and the freedom from fear.
Ireland believes that the park, in painting the Pride flag on its concrete sitting area, would be in-line with her great-grandparents’ thinking were they alive today.
“I’m inspired by how forward thinking the Four Freedoms were in 1941, and I would like to think that if my great-grandparents were alive today, they would include LGBTQ+ rights among those for which they advocated and fought,” Ireland said.
The exhibit, which is titled “Ascend With Pride,” will be officially unveiled on June 15, and remain in place until the last day of the month. According to the park’s official website, the exhibit “serves as both a symbol of solidarity with the LGTBQ community and a reminder of the collective progress still needed to achieve these four freedoms for all.”